Farhan Haq

Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Farhan Haq, has highlighted the importance of investigating the collapse of the Derna Dam, which led to significant loss of life and property.

However, Haq said that opening a UN investigation into this disaster concerns the authorities on the ground.

The United Nations is only authorized to investigate if requested by the Security Council, the UN official added, though he said an inquiry may be possible in the future.

We are trying to make sure that the authorities on the ground are the ones who will conduct these investigations, and this is very important, Haq explained.

Regarding the United Nations appeal to raise $71 million for Libya, the spokesman said this depends on how the situation develops on the ground.

He expressed hope that the moral support received from many countries around the world for Libya will translate into donations.